Swinburne University of Technology recently hosted the launch of the Boroondara Cares Foundation, which brings together nine Rotary clubs aiming to capture new funding for community programs within the City of Boroondara.
“We are delighted to be involved in the launch of the Boroondara Cares Foundation and we are a proud supporter of this foundation and its mission,” Swinburne’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor Jennelle Kyd said.
Boroondara Cares Secretary Peter Allen said the foundation is an extraordinary Rotary venture that is providing a model for other Rotary clubs to engage with their peer clubs, councils and community.
Collaboration between Swinburne and the Boroondara Cares Foundation has already taken place with Swinburne marketing students completing a consultancy project with the foundation as part of their Semester 2 assessment.
Business student Lachlan Hessing said the project involved developing an environmental analysis and marketing plan to help raise awareness of the Boroondara Cares Foundation in the local community.
“Our strategy was focused on the first year of operation; we wanted to make sure that Boroondara Cares had a solid plan to help them hit the ground running.
“The project pushed us to really apply what we had learnt throughout our courses. It was a great opportunity to put our skills to the test and we were stoked with the end result,” Mr Hessing said.
Swinburne information systems students have also been working with the foundation to redesign their website.
It is hoped that more student projects can be generated from the foundation in the future.